Despite starting much later, Apple Music is currently battling Spotify, with more subscribers in the United States than the competition. And if you have at least one family member using the service, there's a good chance that you and your family can save a few bucks if you choose a family account instead of separate accounts. Apple Music is by no means the only service offering family subscriptions, but its plans work a little differently, which can be confusing.
While Spotify and many other services are self-contained, adding family members is a fairly straightforward process. Apple Music is embedded throughout the Apple ecosystem. This is great if your whole family is already all-in on Apple, but if you're trying to add family members using different devices to an Apple Music subscription, it can be a bit tricky. Do not worry ̵
Before You Begin
To follow the instructions in this guide, you need a few things, some of which are more obvious than others. First of all, you'll need an Apple ID that you're likely to use if you're using at least one iOS or MacOS device or at least one Apple service. Second, you need an iOS device with iOS 8 or higher or a Mac with OS X Yosemite or higher.
You also need an Apple Music Family subscription. If you're setting up Apple Music from scratch, be sure to select a family subscription instead of a single subscription. If you have an Apple Music single subscription that you would like to convert into a family subscription, this is a fairly quick process, and detailed instructions can be found in the Support section of the Apple Web site.
Setting Up Family Release  Apple Music's Family Plan is not based on an independent feature, but on Apple's family-sharing infrastructure. If you have already set up family sharing and only want to add new family members, continue to the next section. If you are setting up your family subscription for the first time and have never used Family Release, read on.
Set up family sharing for iOS
If you're reading this article on your iPhone or iPad, good luck: you can now set up Family Sharing in a few simple steps.
- Search for Family Sharing Settings : Open the Settings app and tap at the top of your name or on older iOS devices, scroll down and open Settings iCloud .
- Tap Set Up Family Release : Then tap Let's go [& # 39; s] . Follow the instructions until the configuration is completed.
- Invite Family Members : If you are using iOS 11 or later, you will be asked to select the first feature you want to enable for sharing. From here, follow the instructions to invite family members via messages.
Setting up Family Sharing on Mac
If you're using a Mac, setting up Family Sharing is as easy or even easier than using an iOS device. The steps are just a little different.
- iCloud Open Settings : Click the ubiquitous Apple logo at the top left of the screen and select System Preferences . If the settings window is open, click iCloud .
- Start the Setup Process : Just click Family Setup and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
Invite Family Members
Regardless of whether you've already set up Family Sharing or just followed the steps above, the next step is to add family members so they can use Apple Music as well. You can do this on your Mac, iOS or Android device. The steps for each are below.
- Look for the Family Sharing Settings : As mentioned earlier, you only need to open the Settings app and tap your name Top or scroll on older iOS devices down and open the [iCloudSettings .
- Add a New Family Member : This is as easy as typing Add a Family Member and typing her name or email address. Then just follow the instructions on the screen.
- Complete installation: If you are using iOS 11 or later, you can choose to invite the family member via News or in person
- iCloud Settings Open : Click the Apple icon at the top left of your screen, open System Preferences and click iCloud.
- Open Family Settings: Click Manage Family .
- Add a new family member: Click the + icon and then follow the instructions on the screen.
- Open Apple Music Settings: Open Apple Music and tap the menu icon in the upper left corner.
- Navigate to Account Settings: Touch your photo or name at the top of the screen.
- Open Membership Settings: Tap Manage Membership and enter your iCloud password when prompted.
- Family s open tztings : Type either Family or Family Setup .
- Adding Family Members : If you touched Family Setup follow the onscreen instructions to add family members. Tap Family tap Add Family Member at the bottom of the screen and follow the instructions
Now you should all set be at your end. All that's left is that your family members use Apple Music. All they have to do is sign in to Apple Music with the same credentials they use for family sharing, and they're ready to listen. That is, sometimes things do not go as smoothly as you hoped.
When you get into trouble
One of the common problems is that a family member uses multiple accounts and it is also logging into Apple Music or iCloud (in the case of family sharing) with the wrong one. If anyone has problems accessing Apple Music, you should first check this.
Sometimes you can not resolve problems by logging in and out of issues that prevent you or a family member from accessing a family subscription. First, try logging in and out of the affected Apple Music account. If this does not resolve the issue, try logging out of all Apple services. If this does not work, you can eventually try to remove all people from the Family Release and add them back. This is not fun, but the above steps should make it quick. In the worst case, you can cancel your account at any time.
And that's all. If you are reading this, you are thinking about using another service with your family, read our summary of the best music streaming services.